9 Essential Herbs
Fragrant, decorative, and easy to grow, some herbs seem too charming to snip. But dried herbs are no match for the real thing picked fresh from the garden.
These grasslike, 12- to 24-inch-long spears produce rose purple or white flowers in spring. Perennial.
Best culinary varieties: Chives (A. schoenoprasum); Chinese or garlic chives (A. tuberosum). To harvest, snip spears to the ground.
Uses: Dairy products, lamb, mayonnaise, potatoes, rice, salads, sauces, seafood, soups, and vegetables.